About This Journal
takes its name from the title of Walter Rodney’s book, The Groundings with My Brothers
, published shortly after Walter Rodney’s expulsion from Jamaica in 1968. As significantly, we also take the name from the process of grounding that Walter Rodney spoke about in that text. Grounding is a learning experience, a process of gaining real knowledge. The key is listening carefully to get the message; it requires having the humility to receive information from those that you consider inferior. This journal hopes to honor Dr. Walter Rodney, who challenged contemporary concepts of scholarship and research by grounding with the Rastafari of Jamaica. He forged the bond between community and academia, and Groundings
serves as a source of similar synthesis.